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Qualian Bryant makes most of his last season

By Keldy Ortiz
Oct. 10, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.

Victoria West junior Qualian Bryant makes the sign of the Warrior as he and the rest of the team exit the field for half-time during Friday night's home opener against Cuero High School at Memorial Stadium. The Warriors were able to keep the Gobblers off the scoreboard for the first half of the 40-19 victory. ANGELI WRIGHT/AWRIGHT@VICAD.COM

Bryant's career stats:

Sophomore year

Two carries for 55 yards. One touchdown.

Junior year

116 carries for 733 yards. 14 touchdowns.

Qualian Bryant has been everywhere on the football field for Victoria West.

If the senior isn't running with the football, he can be seen throwing a pass or trying to get an interception on defense.

Bryant's ability to play multiple positions on the field has been an asset for the Warriors (4-1, 1-0) as they look to make the playoffs for the second time in the school's four-year history.

"I don't think it's hard," Bryant said about learning multiple positions. "All you have to do is learn and pray to God that you actually get it and do good."

West coach Leonard McAngus has appreciated the work Bryant has contributed to the team on both sides of the ball. He has not hesitated this season to ask Bryant to play multiple positions during games to help the team win.

"He's intelligent enough to learn all those things," McAngus said. "He's able to learn a lot of different things."

The three-year varsity player didn't begin his tenure with the Warriors. He started at St. Joseph, but transferred after his freshman year.

During his sophomore year, Bryant played three games on junior varsity before he was moved to the varsity.

"It's been a great experience actually," Bryant said. "It gives me confidence. (McAngus is) basically saying he trusts me to do all these different positions and be there. It's nice. I like it."

Bryant's 143 rushing yards ranks third on the team and he's completed two passes.

"That just gives us more depth in all those areas," McAngus said about Bryant's ability. "He's been kind of moved around a little bit."

When Bryant came to West, he knew some of the players on the team. That has since changed.

"I can call them my brothers right now. We're all close," Bryant said. "Moving over here got me closer to all of them."

In February, the Warriors had a boot camp to prepare them for spring practice.

"This last boot camp was the closest I actually got to realizing this is my last season of high school football," Bryant said. "We have to come together sometime or another."

Come early November, pending if the Warriors make the playoffs, Bryant will say goodbye to his teammates.

But until then, he and the Warriors hope to win as many games as possible - starting with a win against Victoria East

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